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Jamieson wins 2nd World Championship

August 05, 2011

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Jody Jamieson won two of the four races in the final round of the World Driving Championship, and thus put an exclamation point on the 25th edition of the tournament at Yonkers Raceway on Friday evening.
For Jamieson, it was the Canadian star’s second world title, having won his first in 2001 in Finland.
“That’s why we’re here -- for the love of harness racing,” Jamieson said while standing atop the victors’ podium. “It’s all highs and lows, and we’ve experienced them to the max this week. I can’t express how pumped I am to be the world driving champion.” 

For his efforts, Jamieson won the Ulf Thoresen Trophy, a check for $25,000, and the right to defend his title when the next World Driving Championship is contested in France in 2013. 

One of the lows he experienced came in Friday’s first race: He began the night 18 points ahead of the USA’s Corey Callahan and only six in front of Spain’s Juan Antonio Riera-Rossello. Jamieson’s mount made a break as soon as the field left and he could only watch as Callahan scored a key victory that tightened the competition when Jamieson scored only a single point for a 10th-place finish. 

While Callahan’s fans cheered, it took the Canadian little time to regain his winning ways: He scored victories in the next two races to put things statistically out of reach. 

When Bjorn Goop of Sweden won the fourth and final division, Callahan’s second-place finish vaulted him over the Spaniard and into second position overall. Callahan edged Jamieson and Goop for honors in the fifth and final round. 

Jamieson quickly confirmed that he would defend his title: “I’ve always wanted to drive in Paris, where some of the greatest racing in the world takes place.”
For more information on the World Driving Championship, including video replays of the heats, vist world.ustrotting.com.By John Pawlak/USTA
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